Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders sets his sights on five selections for a belting pre-Christmas card at Ascot on Saturday.
The best bet on the card at Ascot might come in the opening novice handicap hurdle as WRAPPEDUPINMAY has surely been allocated a good mark for his handicap debut.
Paul Nicholls' highly rated youngster, a wide-margin point and bumper winner, is yet to transfer that promise in two runs over hurdles, but bumped into Defeaning Silence when turned over at odds-on at Exeter when last seen.
The winner followed up at Grade 2 level at Sandown next time and that form is worth respecting. Nicholls is wasting no time getting this lightly raced sort into handicaps and he can progress past a mark of 118, with the step up to three-miles also an interesting move.
It is always a tough task to win a race as hot as the Paddy Power first time out, particularly if you are 2lb wrong at the weights. This 2m3f handicap chase is a much more realistic assignment for HARPER'S BROOK off 3lb lower and he should be backed each-way with bet365 offering three places.
The Ben Pauling-trained seven-year-old is talented but quirky, a trait evident by his throwing away of a similar contest at Sandown two starts back in April when virtually pulling himself up.
If Kielan Woods can keep him interested and produce him as late as possible, he is more than capable of winning this on a faster surface he might just prefer.
The overpriced one in an open Long Walk Hurdle has to be BOTOX HAS for Gary Moore. He has much less to find than the two who dominate the early betting, Crambo and West Balboa, and is of a similar age.
He produced a fine performance when victorious in the bet365 Hurdle on his return in November (4lb better off with third Dashel Drasher now) and the 49-day break should have done him the world of good as he needs time between his races.
The Moore horses weren't firing when Botox Has struck at Wetherby. They are going much better now and Botox Has looks ready to put his hand up in a staying hurdle division searching for a new star.
GIT MAKER's tendency to get the job done while never winning by far (6-9 under rules and 3-5 in chases) makes him a rock-solid each-way play in the Silver Cup with bet365 serving up four places.
He beat the Welsh National favourite, stablemate Super Survivor, in good style on his comeback and gives the impression we are only just scratching the surface with him.
A good jumper who tries hard and copes with any conditions, Git Maker can kick-start a potentially superb few days for shrewd target trainer Jamie Snowden.
I am all over Altobelli ante-post in the concluding two-mile handicap hurdle but, taking a fresh look at the race in light of the revised prices, Nicky Henderson's supposed third string LUCCIA stands out.
I've never been convinced this mare needs a thorough test of stamina as she keeps travelling well into her races without finding as much as seems likely. Despite that she has still placed in a Mares' Novices' Hurdle, a Top Novices' Hurdle and a Greatwood on her past few outings, and there is a major prize in her off a mark of 136.
That day is more likely to arrive when the emphasis is on speed, as it should be here on quick conditions for the time of year. Back her each-way with bet365 providing four places.
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